Leafleting is indeed a ridiculous looking word, but it is what I've spent much of today doing.
Last night I watched the Budget coverage at the Central Motor Inn in Yarrawonga and I started today walking the main street handing out leaflets. Nobody seemed up for a chat, not that I blame them - it was still freezing cold at 11am.
Next I moved on to Cobram where I again walked around town introducing myself to passers-by and handing out leaflets - a big thankyou to the local Woolworths for allowing me to hang around outside their store.
Then I wandered over to Strathmerton, it was quite upsetting to see so few cars in the Bega factory's car park and that the newsagent has closed down, although the pub and bakery still seem to be doing well.
Numurkah was next - apparently my interview in the Numurkah Leader is yet to make me famous in town, but I did get to chat to a few people along the shopping strip. One gentleman in particular told me that the Treasurer had delivered a rubbish budget and that the Liberal Party no longer knows the meaning of the word 'liberal'.
I stopped in Waaia briefly, but again the store has closed down - something I hope to remedy if elected.
It seemed like everyone in Nathalia was busy working, but I did stop and have a chat with Roland from Nathalia Printers - I'm trying to spread the love when it comes to my printing spend. I'm hoping to order some large corflute signs in the coming weeks.
I then headed up to Barmah, where the gent in the general store allowed me to put a leaflet up on the noticeboard. Forgetting the direct route to Echuca, I headed around there via the Murray Valley Hwy - let's put it down to my intense bias in favour of Victoria and the electorate of Murray :P.
I wandered around Echuca, chatting and leafleting as I went - one bloke politely told me that he refuses to vote for anyone because all politicians have done is destroy the country. He thinks all pensions should be abolished because he's retired and doesn't get a pension - he worked hard, you see (and no doubt had more than his fair share of luck.)
Next, I did a lap of the main street of Kyabram and managed to pick up a very reasonably priced "reaching aid" for Mum from New Life Mobility Products - we've been looking for one for ages, but they've been too expensive.
I then went into Shepparton and handed out leaflets outside Coles (thanks again to them for giving me permission) until the sun began to set. Then it was home to play board games with my niece, check on Mum and pack the car for my four days at work in Melbourne.
I'm hoping to head to Stanhope, Corop, Tongala, Rochester, Pyramid Hill and Boort next week. However, if Malcolm Turnbull announces the election this weekend as expected and the writs are issued promptly, I may have to run around collecting my 100 signatures and filling out AEC paperwork first...